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J. William Fulbright – Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowships for US Citizens, 2016-2017

Applications are invited for Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship, formerly known as the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship for 2016/17 academic year. The fellowship provides opportunities for applicants to serve in professional placements in a foreign government ministry or institution in partner governments. Fellowship is awarded for 10 months, from approximately September/October to approximately July/August. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows will spend 32 hours per week in their professional assignments and 8 hours per week pursuing related academic projects. The deadline for applications is October 13, 2015.

Study Subject (s): Embassies, Fulbright Commissions (where applicable) and host country governments will coordinate appropriate professional placements for candidates in all public policy areas including, but not limited to, public health, education, agriculture, justice, energy, the environment, public finance, economic development, information technology, and communications. While all public policy fields are eligible for placement, for some countries, there is a special interest in hosting Fulbright-Clinton Fellows with experience in certain fields; such opportunities will be announced in the fall of 2015.
Course Level: This is a ten months fellowship program which provides opportunities for applicants to serve in professional placements in a foreign government ministry or institution in partner governments.
Scholarship Provider: The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the US Department of State
The award can be taken at: Haiti, Nepal, Burma (Myanmar), Samoa, Cote d’Ivoire, Kosovo, Timor-Leste, Guatemala , African Union, Peru, Samoa, Ivory Coast, Malawi, and Ukraine

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Eligibility:
-Be U.S. citizens by October 13, 2015.
-Have a Master’s level degree (MA, JD, MBA, MPA, MPH, MSW, MSc, or other) with an area of focus that is applicable to public policy prior to September 1, 2016, or be currently enrolled in a doctoral program prior to the grant period which will commence in September 2016.
-Candidates who hold a PhD at the time of application or who will hold a PhD at any time during the grant period are not eligible.
-Candidates with Medical Degrees are eligible with some stipulations, please see the FAQs below for details
-Have at least two years of full-time, professional work experience in policy-related fields.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: US citizens can apply for this Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship.

Description: The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the US Department of State inaugurated the J. William Fulbright – Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship (Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship) in academic year 2012-13. Formerly the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship, the award was renamed to honor former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for her dedication to public service and role in the program’s creation. Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship provides opportunities for US citizens to serve in professional placements in a foreign government ministry or institution in partner governments. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows build mutual understanding and contribute to strengthening the public sector while gaining hands-on public sector experience. The Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship also includes an independent academic study/research component. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows function in a “special assistant” role for a senior level official. The goal of the professional placements is to build the Fellows’ knowledge and skills, provide support to partner country institutions, and promote long-term ties between the US and the partner country. The US Embassy, with the Fulbright Commission (where applicable), will identify host ministries and provide administrative support and oversight during the Fellow’s program.

Number of award(s): This will be determined by the qualifications of candidates, opportunity for making appropriate placements and funding availability.

Duration of award(s): Fellowship is awarded for 10 months, from approximately September/October to approximately July/August.

What does it cover? The Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship benefits are comparable to the traditional U.S. Student Fulbright Program, and are based on the cost of living in the host country. Determination of the exact value of the grant is determined following placements due to a number of factors (approved housing options, location of ministry, security requirements, transportation/commute costs, etc.). Grant benefits for all Fulbright US Student grants include:
-Round-trip transportation to the host country;
-Funding to cover room, board, and incidental costs, based on the cost of living in the host country. An additional settling-in allowance is also provided;
-In-country assistance in setting-up housing, transportation needs, and safety/security planning;
-Additional professional stipend that can be used for language study, ministry-related travel, or other approved professional expenses;
-Accident & Sickness Health Benefits.

Selection Criteria: Factors in selection of Fellows will include:
-Academic and professional record;
-Proficiency in the local working language of the host country (additional information will be available when countries are announced). Proficiency will be determined by the application and also will be verified during the application process, which will require an interview in the host country language;
-Knowledge of the host country/region (history, culture, etc.);
-Personal and professional qualifications;
-Fluency in the local working language(s);
-Deep knowledge of the host country/region (history, culture, etc.);
-A strong service orientation and a high degree of versatility, resourcefulness, and creativity;
-Applicable professional experience;
-Advanced communication skills.

How to Apply: Applications should be submitted online. Please note that Applicants must select one country in the Online Application, but may rank one alternate participating country. Candidates who list more than one country should provide evidence of their qualifications for each country indicated. However, applicants may be considered for all participating countries based on individual country requirements, consultations with participating U.S. Embassies, the qualifications of the individual applicant, and other factors.

application Deadline: The deadline for applications is October 13, 2015.

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